Editorial - Everyday Legend: Reinventing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art

Jiang, Jiehong (2019) Editorial - Everyday Legend: Reinventing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art. Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, 6 (2/3). pp. 159-165. ISSN 2051-7041

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Abstract

During the early development of the People’s Republic of China, major cities were industrialised and historical architecture was severely neglected. The Cultural Revolution (1966-76) provided an extraordinary example of political mobilisation directed against the material and cultural vestiges of the past. During the infamous movement of the Red Guards, China’s public properties and cultural relics were attacked and numerous art treasures and artefacts were destroyed. The Open-Door policy beginning in 1978 instigated another ‘revolution’ – of economic reform and urban transformation. Thirty years of rapid urbanisation have meant that few traditional constructions have survived, and even the buildings and complexes built during the early PRC proved to be transitory, once they had been removed, reconstructed or replaced.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1386/jcca_00001_2
Date: 1 September 2019
Subjects: T100 Chinese studies
W100 Fine Art
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Art
Depositing User: Lauren Walden
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2021 13:40
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 13:40
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11212

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